First of all, thank you so very, very much to all of our flash fiction contestants. We had a total of seven entries, and every single one of them was awesome. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s creativity in interpreting the theme. No two stories were alike.
I’ve been enough of a tease already, so I’m not going to drag this out any longer than necessary. Just make sure you read all the way through because I’m going to make some special announcements at the end. But for now, the winner is…
Helen Keller by Jeffery Birch.
Congratulations, Jeffery! We will be in touch with you shortly to clarify details on your prize!
All of the stories submitted were exceptionally good. I’ll be getting in touch with all of you during the week with your scores and the promised critique. I was really impressed with everyone’s entry and look forward to talking to you about them more.
And now for the participatory prize. The winner of our random drawing (among the remaining six entries) is none other than…Kitra Skene! Thank you so much for entering, Kitra! We’ll be getting in touch with you as well.
We also want to give a huge shout-out to Jake Zozarro, who was the only person to submit a visual entry: a pencil drawing of his character Darkness. It’s pure awesomeness so we wanted to share that with you here.
Isn’t it awesome? On to the important announcements. First of all, if you haven’t filled out our survey yet, do that. You might still have the chance to win something cool. And once you’re done with that…
You may have noticed our sidebar poll has been about superheros and villains all month. We thought we’d let you know the results, so you get an idea of what sort of people are in the crowd.
Heroes won by the overwhelming majority. 56% of you, when the given the choice, will become superheroes.
Citizens may rest easy–a measly 6% of you chose to become a supervillain. Those heroes wont’ have much to do besides preventing car accidents and rescuing cats out of trees!
The remaining 38% of voters refused to fit into a box. They became vigilantes, or rogue agents, choosing their own version of justice rather than that imposed on them by society.
The new poll is rather important, so be sure to vote. Would you rather see our summer event take place in July or August? What is the summer event, you wonder? I’m so glad you asked that.
Coming This Summer
Last year we launched Vaugely Circular with a month long blog-a-thon called “Imagine This.” It was a great success, and so we want to do it again. If you weren’t around for last year then imagine Superhero Week, on a broader theme, for a solid month instead. More guests, more interviews, more prizes.
The title this year is “Try Science” and the theme is anything science or science fiction related. We want to talk about technology, futurism, retro-futurism, computer programming, the meeting of art and science, how technology benefits artists and authors, how you’re using science without knowing it, you get the idea. If you have an idea for a post or would like to be involved in some way drop us an email with your idea or suggestion. If you know of someone you’d like us to interview (a science fiction author, or a scientist, or an artist, or anything really) we’d love to hear it.
Additionally, this summer we are looking for event sponsors. Sponsors will allow us to give away more and better prizes while taking the financial burden off of the organizers. If you own a company in the field of science, technology, art, or publishing and are interested in sponsoring this year’s event please get in touch with us and we’ll fill you in on details. If you know of a company we could approach we’d love to hear from you. There will be more details on this later on.
Recently we asked about the possibility of hosting a master class here on Vaguely Circular. The response was overwhelmingly positive, so we’ve decided to go ahead and give it a shot. If you’re interested in becoming a better writer, in getting peer reviews on your work, or just need difficulty figuring out what the next step is in your writing journey then this class is for you. You can read more details about it on the official page. We look forward to seeing your work and learning along with you!
That’s all for now! Thank you so much for making this an absolutely fantastic week! I’ll see you next week for our regularly scheduled programming!